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General words used to describe rank and status

above

adjective, adverb, preposition

used for saying that someone’s rank is higher or their job is more important than someone else’s

A-list

adjective

connected with or belonging to the most famous, most successful, or richest group of people in society who are often seen in newspapers, on television etc

below

adverb, preposition

used for saying that someone’s rank is lower or their job is less important than someone else’s

B-list

adjective

referring to people who are fairly well known but not very famous

born

adjective

used for saying that someone had a particular condition, personal quality, name, or social status at the time when they were born

chief

adjective

highest in authority, position, or rank

common

adjective

ordinary, with no special status or rank

elite

adjective

an elite group has a high status because it contains the best of its kind

genteel

adjective

trying to appear as if you are genteel

good

adjective

having a high and respected position in society

high-level

adjective

involving people in important or powerful positions

high-ranking

adjective

a high-ranking person or job is very senior

high up

adjective, adverb

of high rank or status

humble

adjective

with a low status

inferior

adjective

lower in status or rank than someone or something else

lowly

adjective

with a low status or position

menial

adjective

menial work is boring or dirty and is considered to be of low status

ordinary

adjective

ordinary people are not famous, rich, or powerful

outrank

verb

to have a higher status than someone or something else in the same group or organization

prestige

adjective

a prestige job or position involves dealing with important people and making important decisions

privileged

adjective

having advantages and opportunities that other people do not have, because you have a lot of money or high social status

ranking

adjective

in a position of importance in an organization, or among the best people taking part in an activity

rarefied

adjective

intended for a small group of people who are very intelligent, rich, powerful etc. This word often shows that you think people like this believe they are better than ordinary people

report to

if you report to someone at work, they are in charge of you and responsible for telling you what to do

senior

adjective

with a high rank or position

senior

adjective

with a rank or position that is higher than someone else’s

social

adjective

relating to the position that someone has in society in relation to other people

socially

adverb

relating to society

superior

adjective

having a higher status or position than someone or something else

supreme

adjective

used in the titles of government, legal, or military institutions that have the highest level of power

top-down

adjective

controlled by the people with the highest status in an organization

top-level

adjective

involving the highest level of people or skills

unlisted

adjective

used about things that are not on other official lists

unofficial

adjective

not having an official position or status

upper

adjective

higher in status or rank

vertical

adjective

involving different levels in an organization or different stages in a process

well-connected

adjective

a well-connected person knows a lot of people who are important or have influence

pyramidal

adjective

rank-and-file

adjective

unofficially

adverb

vertically

adverb

above my paygrade

involving a higher level of responsibility than I have, and therefore something that should be dealt with by someone more senior than me. This expression is often used figuratively to say that you do not have the knowledge or authority to decide about something

be junior to someone

to have less responsibility and power than someone else at work

below my paygrade

the responsibility of someone more junior than me; too unimportant for me to deal with

(somewhere) in the middle

in the rank or position between the highest and the lowest

the bottom/top of the pile

the last or first in status, income, or advantages

the upper/lower reaches of something

the high/low levels of an organization

creep

used with other nouns to describe the unexpected and often unwanted effects of a particular situation or trend

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